ENTERTAINMENT

NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS FLORIDA SUNSHINE TOUR

NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS FLORIDA SUNSHINE TOUR

TOWN CENTER MAIN STAGE | SATURDAY & SUNDAY | 1:30PM to 5:00PM

During the Grand Wine Tastings, the top songwriters from Nashville will perform their hit songs as part of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s (FRLA) Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour. This entertainment is sponsored by FRLA and VISIT FLORIDA, in conjunction with BMI Nashville.

2017 PERFORMERS

Dylan Altman

Dylan Altman

Originally from the great state of New Jersey, Dylan has been writing songs and performing in Nashville for over 23 years.  He’s had #1 songs for Tim McGraw (Watch the Wind Blow By), Jake Owen (Barefoot Blue Jean Night) and Jason Aldean (Take a Little Ride), as well as cuts with Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, Chase Bryant, Eli Young Band, and others.

 

 

Aaron Barker

Aaron Barker

Aaron Barker is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and quite literally a living legend in country music.

He began his musical career in a “variety band” and toured for many years and playing everything from Bob Wills to Bob Seger.  Driving his bus from place to place, he began playing with original melodies and lyrics hoping to create his own songs.

His first attempt, “Baby Blue”, recorded by George Strait on the If You Ain’t Lovin’, You Ain’t Livin’ album, went number one in Billboard Magazine.  One night after a long father and son talk he wrote “Love Without End, Amen”, and the rest is history.

He has also written for Willie Nelson, LoCash, Clay Walker, Neal McCoy, Doug Supernaw, Lonestar, Aaron Tippin and others.

He is a member of the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame, and, last October he received the ultimate career honor when he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson was born in Apple Valley, California, and moved around for several years until his family settled in Nashville, TN.  Growing up, he was intimidated by the sheer number of people coming to Nashville to become singers or songwriters.  So, he went to college and earned a degree in psychology.

After working ten years as a youth minister, Marty decided to change careers.  Trouble was, he didn’t know what he wanted to be when he grew up.  He fumbled around for several years, doing odd jobs and trying to decide on a direction for his life.  Finally, a book he read helped him realize that what he REALLY wanted to be was a songwriter.

He had run into Gordon Payne, a member of the Crickets while working one of his odd jobs.  Gordon helped him re-write one of his songs and demo it in a Nashville studio.  Marty was hooked.  He threw caution to the wind, quit the other jobs and began writing full-time.

Six #1 songs and more than 100 cuts later, Marty has become one of the most accomplished writers in Nashville.  His songs have been recorded by artists such as Joe Cocker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, The Plain White T’s, The Oak Ridge Boys, Don Williams, Johnny Reid, and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Marty’s self-professed “greatest achievement” in his songwriting career to date was knocking Psy out of #1 in South Korea and winning “Song of the Year” honors for South Korea and all of Asia with his song “Bounce”.

Keith Gattis

Keith Gattis

Keith Gattis is a country music artist, songwriter, guitarist and producer.  Gattis has released two studio albums and has charted one single while signed to RCA on theBillboard Hot Country Singles Chart “Little Drops of My Heart”.

In 2002 Gattis became Dwight Yoakam’s bandleader and lead electric guitar player and is credited on Yoakam’s Blame The Vain.  In 2005, Gattis released his critically acclaimed record Big City Blues.  Since 2010, Gattis has written three Top 40 country hits (“El Cerrito Place” and “When I See This Bar” by Kenny Chesney, and “I Got A Car” by George Strait).

Gattis has collaborated on records with George Jones, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Randy Houser, Charlie Robison, Gary Allan, Ashley Monroe,Allison Moorer, Waylon Payne, Miranda Lambert, Sara Evans, Dwight Yoakam, Brandy Clark, Randy Rogers Band, Randy Travis, Eli Young Band, and more.

He is currently focused on producing and writing out of his studio in East Nashville.

Kendell Marvel

Kendell Marvel

Already an award-winning songwriter for George Strait, Jamey Johnson, Jake Owen, and others, Kendell Marvel makes his solo debut with Lowdown and Lonesome, an album that blends his musical roots — from country twang to rock & roll swagger — into a sound he proudly describes as “ZZ Top meets Merle Haggard.”

Apart from a cover of Charlie Daniels’ “Drinking My Baby Goodbye,” Marvel wrote all of Lowdown and Lonesome’s tracks, flexing the writing chops that have already yielded hits like Jake Owen’s “Startin’ With Me” and George Strait’s “Twang.” The solo album turns over a new leaf, presenting Marvel not only as a songwriter, but as a frontman, as well. He’s no longer the man behind the artist. He is the artist.

Danny Myrick

Danny Myrick

A little bit muddy water Mississippi, a little bit California beach bum, Danny grew up playing, singing and writing for his family gospel band while being consumed with 70’s FM radio.  He achieved his first #1 gospel song as a writer at age 17 before moving to Nashville and spending the 90’s singing lead in country rock band, Western Flyer.

After Western Flyer disbanded, Danny’s vocal talent lead to singing 100’s of songwriter demos as well as adding background vocals to numerous albums by the likes of Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry and Keith Anderson before focusing on his passion for writing songs.  As a writer, Danny’s musical diversity has lead to cuts by artists ranging from Gloriana to Joe Cocker and he has celebrated numerous hit songs, including Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah”, 2009’s most played country song, “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean, and the recent Locash hit song “I Love This Life”.

When not working, Danny spends his time being an obsessive sports fan and hanging with his 2 sons.

Phil ``Philbilly`` O'Donnell

Phil ``Philbilly`` O'Donnell

Phil O’Donnell, a Canada native, made his first trip to Nashville in 1983 and began developing his skills as a songwriter.  Officially making the move in 1994, O’Donnell has also worked as a musician, playing guitar with many artists including Craig Morgan, Jeff Carson, Kevin Denney, Johnny Lee, and Sherrie Austin.

O’Donnell’s songwriting credits include George Strait, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Parmalee, Easton Corbin, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Joe Diffie, Clay Walker, Darryl Worley, Rodney Atkins, Tyler Farr, William Michael Morgan, Craig Campbell, Josh Thompson, Justin Moore, Kelly Pickler, Tate Stevens, Scotty McCreery, Trace Atkins, Clint Black, Chris Janson, Matt Mason, Mark Chestnut, Tracy Byrd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Gretchen Wilson, Randy Travis, Neal McCoy, Tracy Lawrence, Sammy Kershaw, Tucker Beathard, and many others.

In addition to having a successful career as a songwriter, O’Donnell also has served as producer for artists such as Craig Morgan, Josh Thompson, Keith Anderson, Matt Mason, Gord Bamford, Tyler Deveau, Justin McBride, Chris Janson, Mark Wills, Tara Oram, Jason Blaine, High Valley, Steve Richard, and The Davisson Brothers Band.

Leslie Satcher

Leslie Satcher

No other female Nashville singer-songwriter is more respected or more revered than the stunning talent that is Leslie Satcher.

At the age of 26, the native Texan made the move to Nashville in pursuit of a singing career and was quickly recognized for her gift with lyric and melody.  After being mentored at a smaller publisher by many of the music industry’s legendary songwriters, she made the move to Sony Music Publishing where she would stay for nearly 15 years.  During this time, she was also signed as an artist at Warner Brothers. While recording her critically acclaimed debut album, “Love Letters”, her songs were growing in demand.

Though Leslie is primarily known as a country singer and songwriter, her talents cross all genres.  She has written or co-written songs that have been recorded by everyone from Willie Nelson to Ariana Grande; Vince Gill to Sheila E.; George Strait to Sheryl Crow; Martina McBride to Keb’Mo; Blake Shelton to Bonnie Raitt and many, many more.

She has received multiple BMI “Million-Air” awards recognizing a song’s one millionth airplay and her incomparable vocals contribute to an astounding number of Grammy, CMA & ACM award winning projects.

Leslie’s next two albums, “Creation” and “Gypsy Boots” were recorded independently and truly exhibit the diversity of her Texas roots and Delta soul. They are available on iTunes, CD Baby and every other major digital distributor.

Aside from writing hit songs for some of music’s most iconic artists, Leslie is in high demand as a performer known for her angelic voice, funny stories, the unique playing style and sound of her guitar; but mostly, her uncanny ability to connect with audiences of any size or demographic.  Her typical year will include more than 150 songwriting sessions and 65 live performances all over the U.S. and Canada.

Tommy Brunett Band

Tommy Brunett Band

FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | 11AM – 1PM | GRAND PARK

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | 11AM – 1PM | GRAND PARK

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | 11AM – 1PM | GRAND PARK

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | 11AM – 1PM | GRAND PARK

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | 11AM – 1PM | GRAND PARK

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29 | 11AM – 1PM | GRAND PARK

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